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Chandrayaan 3 updates: Vikram Lander establishes communication with Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, says ISRO

Chandrayaan-3 updates: ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 is about to complete its over a month long journey from Earth on Wednesday after being launched on July 14.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14. (Twitter/Isro)
Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14. (Twitter/Isro)

Chandrayaan-3 Updates: ISRO on Monday said a two-way communication between the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and Chandrayaan-3's lander module has been established. "‘Welcome, buddy!’ Ch-2 orbiter formally welcomed Ch-3 LM. Two-way communication between the two is established. MOX has now more routes to reach the LM," the space agency said in a post on X (formerly Twitter)....Read More

On Sunday,  ISRO announced that the lander module of Chandrayaan-3, the third lunar mission of India, is expected to touch down on the surface of the Moon around 6.04 pm on August 23.

The live telecast of the landing event will begin at 5.20 pm on Wednesday (August 23).

"The soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 is a monumental moment that not only fuels curiosity but also sparks a passion for exploration within the minds of our youth," the ISRO said on X (formally Twitter).

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Aug 21, 2023 10:31 PM IST

India taking lead in using space tech to boost infrastructure, development: Jitendra Singh

Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh asserted on Monday that India has taken a quantum leap in space technology under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and has taken the lead in using it for aiding infrastructure and development works as well.

With the country waiting with bated breath for Chandrayaan-3's scheduled touchdown on the lunar surface on Wednesday, Singh expressed confidence about its success and added that India will launch its first preliminary mission later this year in the run-up to its manned Gaganyaan mission, expected in the second half of 2024. (PTI)

Aug 21, 2023 9:38 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi slams Prakash Raj for cryptic tweet

Aug 21, 2023 8:56 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Role of Prayan rover after landing 

The rover Pragyan on the other hand, carries an Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to determine the elements in the landing site's vicinity.

Aug 21, 2023 8:26 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: What will happen after landing?

Once the Lander Module reaches the Moon's surface, the lander Vikram will deploy its payloads. These include Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) for measuring temperature and thermal conductivity. Another payload, the Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA), will measure seismic activity around the landing site. The Langmuir Probe (LP) will estimate plasma density and changes. A passive Laser Retroreflector Array from NASA will be used for lunar laser studies. (Part-2)

Aug 21, 2023 8:01 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: What will happen after landing?

The Lander Module, which includes the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyan, was separated from the Propulsion Module within the spacecraft on Thursday. The Propulsion Module which will remain in Moon's orbit for months or years, has an attached payload known as the Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planet Earth (SHAPE), to study Earth's spectral and polarimetric measurements from the moon's orbit. In simpler terms, SHAPE will analyse certain signatures of Earth's light. (Part- 1)

Aug 21, 2023 7:39 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3: Meet the people behind India's historic moon mission

India and the world await a historic landing on the southern pole of the Moon as the countdown for the same by Chandrayaan-3 mission begins. The spacecraft has completed all orbit and deboosting maneuvers. It's now aiming to find the perfect spot for a soft landing on the Moon's challenging terrain. Read full story

Aug 21, 2023 7:20 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Prakash Raj clarifies Chandrayaan-3 joke after criticism: ‘If you don't get a joke then…’

Actor Prakash Raj broke silence on Twitter after he was criticised by many on the internet for sharing a Chandrayaan-3 post. Explaining the post, the actor gave a strong reply to trolls and clarified that he was referring to a joke. The internet has mixed reactions to his explanation. Read full story

Aug 21, 2023 7:08 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: ‘If any problem occurs, we will land the spacecraft on…,’ ISRO official 

"On August 23, two hours before Chandrayaan-3 lands on the Moon, we will take a decision on whether or not it will be appropriate to land it at that time based on the health of the lander module and the conditions on the Moon. In case, if any factor appears to be not favourable, then we will land the module on the Moon on August 27. No problem should occur and we will be able to land the module on August 23," Nilesh M Desai, Director, Space Applications Centre-ISRO, Ahmedabad told ANI. 

Aug 21, 2023 6:49 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Assam CM Himanta Sarma on India's moon mission

Aug 21, 2023 6:34 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: What is the location of Chandrayaan 3 now?

1. ISRO on Sunday informed that the Lander Module is in 25 km x 134 km orbit. 

2. “Powered descent is expected to commence on August 23, 2023, around 1745 Hrs. IST” said ISRO. 

Aug 21, 2023 6:15 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: spacecraft heading to moon working 'perfectly', says ISRO

1. All systems on an Indian spacecraft heading to the moon are working "perfectly" and no contingencies are anticipated on the landing day, the country's space agency said on Monday, days after the failure of a Russian lander.

2. India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is on course to land on Aug. 23 on the lunar south pole, a region where shadowed craters are thought to contain water ice which could support a future moon settlement. (Reuters)

Aug 21, 2023 5:46 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: ‘Will watch with bated breath,’ says Kareena Kapoor

“A lot of people are going to be glued to watching it. I am going to be doing that with my boys as well, with bated breath,” says actor Kareena Kapoor.

Aug 21, 2023 5:23 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Chandrayaan 3 gears up for lunar landing, how India's past moon missions fared

The Chandrayaan-3 is the third edition of the Moon mission series, which, if everything goes as planned, will achieve a "soft landing" on the lunar surface's south pole, making India the first country to do so and the fourth country after the US, China, and the former Soviet Union to ever land on the Moon's surface. Read full story

Aug 21, 2023 5:12 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: What is the role of Vikram lander, Pragyan rover?

The spacecraft consists of indigenous propulsion module, lander module, and a rover with an objective of “developing and demonstrating new technologies required for interplanetary missions. Read full story

Aug 21, 2023 4:59 PM IST

Union min Ashwini Vaishnaw shares ‘amazing’ moon shots

Aug 21, 2023 4:46 PM IST

Chandrayaan 3 Live Updates: Why the name ‘Vikram’ to lander which will soon touch Moon's surface?

The Lander Module, which will soon touch the south pole of the Moon, consists of the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyan. The lander has been named ‘Vikram’ after Vikram Sarabhai (1919–1971), who is widely regarded as the father of the Indian space programme and the founder of our country's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Aug 21, 2023 4:00 PM IST

Chandrayaan 3 Live Updates: What are the objectives of the Indian Moon mission?

• Safe and soft landing demonstration on the lunar surface

• Rover roving demonstration on the moon

• Execution of in-situ scientific experiments

Aug 21, 2023 2:58 PM IST

Chandrayaan 3 Live Updates: Chandrayaan-3 Vikram Lander establishes communication with Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, says ISRO

Chandrayaan-3's Vikram Lander established communication with the orbiter of the already present Chandrayaan-2 on Mo as it embarks on the historic “soft-landing” on the Moon surface, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

Chandrayaan-2 is the previous edition of India's lunar mission.

“‘Welcome, buddy!’ Ch-2 orbiter formally welcomed Ch-3 LM. Two-way communication between the two is established. MOX has now more routes to reach the LM. Update: Live telecast of Landing event begins at 17:20 Hrs. IST,” ISRO wrote on X. Read full story on Chandrayaan 3 latest update

Aug 21, 2023 1:56 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Know about Vikram Lander, Pragyan Rover

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE news: LANDER: The lander and rover’s names have been taken from the last mission Chandrayaan-2. The lander is named after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian Space Programme. 

– It is designed to function for one lunar day, which is 14 days on the Earth and comes with a number of sensors to ensure a safe touchdown. It weighs about 1,749 kg including the rover. 

– It is built to have side-mounted solar panels, which can generate 738 W power and will be engaged in exploring the lunar south pole.

ROVER

– The robotic vehicle is named as ‘Pragyan’, which translates to 'wisdom' in Sanskrit. The six-wheeled vehicle has instruments configured with payloads to provide data related to the Moon's surface. 

– It will gather data on the elemental composition of the atmosphere. It weighs 26 kgs and like the lander, has a mission life of one lunar day.

Aug 21, 2023 1:38 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Lander shares first-ever images after entering Moon's orbit

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: The spacecraft shared its first-ever images of the Moon and they look stunning! As the spacecraft of the ambitious Chandrayaan-3 mission entered the lunar orbit on Saturday. See here.

Aug 21, 2023 1:02 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE: Former ISRO chief K Sivan on mission's efficiency

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE updates: Former director of ISRO, K Sivan said Monday, "Last time after the landing process, we had gone through the data...Based on that, corrective measures have been taken. 

– Sivan was referring to Chandrayaan-2, the moon mission launched in September 2019 that failed in its final stages.

– “Not only that, we did something more than what we corrected. Wherever the margins are less, we enhanced those margins...Based on the lessons we learnt from Chandrayaan 2, the system is going with more ruggedness…” he further said.

Aug 21, 2023 12:31 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: India to enter elite group of nations with mission's success

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: If successful, the achievement will put India among the elite club of nations to have achieved the feat of soft landing on moon, namely the United States, China and the former Soviet Union.

Aug 21, 2023 12:14 PM IST

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE: What is the role of Vikram lander, Pragyan rover?

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: The lander and rover’s names have been taken from the last mission Chandrayaan-2. 

– The lander is named after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian Space Programme.

– The robotic vehicle is named as ‘Pragyan’, which translates to 'wisdom' in Sanskrit. The six-wheeled vehicle has instruments configured with payloads to provide data related to the Moon's surface.

Aug 21, 2023 11:47 AM IST

Meet Chandrayaan-3's Russian competitor Luna-25 that failed in its mission

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Russian space agency Roscosmos launched Luna 25 moon mission to the lunar south pole, following India's Chandrayaan-3 mission. 

– Roscosmos had stated that its Luna 25 spacecraft will take about five days to travel to the Moon but the mission failed towards its final stages. What happened to Luna-25?

Aug 21, 2023 11:28 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Lander awaits sunrise at designated Moon site. When will it land?

Chandrayaan 3 Live Updates: The Chandrayaan-3 mission underwent a second and final deboosting operation bringing its Lander Module nearer to Moon, the Isro said on Sunday. 

– The deboosting operation has reduced the orbit of the Lander Module to 25 km x 134 km. 

– The Indian Space Research Organisation said the module would undergo internal checks and await the sunrise at the designated landing site.

Aug 21, 2023 11:05 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE: Module healthy, everything going as planned, say Isro officials

Chandrayaan-3 news LIVE: The spacecraft is healthy and everything is going as per the plan, officials familiar with the development at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said on Saturday,.

– Earlier on Monday, ISRO shared fresh images of Moon's far side caputured by the Vikram Lander.

– The lander will attempt soft landing on Wednesday evening.

Aug 21, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Anand Mahindra on Chandrayaan-3 landing: ‘I’ll be watching, praying, and cheering you on…'

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Anand Mahindra expresses excitement for India's Chandrayaan-3 moon mission, set to land on the lunar surface on Wednesday.

– The chairman of Mahindra Group said he will be watching, praying and cheering on the Chandrayaan-3 mission during its landing.

– In his earlier tweets, he defended the lunar exploration mission against the contrasting views on the money being spent on it.

Aug 21, 2023 10:22 AM IST

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE: Soft landing attempt in 2 days - what comes next? Detailed schedule

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE updates: Mission is in its most critical phase now with the soft landing attempt only two days away. 

– The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday announced that the Vikram Lander Module of Chandrayaan 3 successfully completed its 'deboosting' operation. Read more.

Aug 21, 2023 9:53 AM IST

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE news: Landing attempt on Aug 23 at 6:04pm; where to watch live?

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE news: Spacecraft to land on moon's south pole on Aug 23 at 6:04pm (Indian time).

  • It's live stream is available on ISRO website, YouTube, Facebook, and DD National TV.
Aug 21, 2023 9:41 AM IST

How will Chandrayaan-3 avoid collision with boulders? ISRO shares images 2 days before Moon landing

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday released pictures of the Vikram lander determining the landing site - two days before the landing. Read more.

Aug 21, 2023 9:02 AM IST

Chandrayaan 3 news LIVE: ISRO shares images as it looks for possible landing site on lunar south pole 

Aug 21, 2023 8:46 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE: Lander's final de-boosting completed, ISRO preparing for landing on Aug 23

The second and final de-boosting operation for Chandrayaan-3 has successfully completed reducing the orbit of its lander module to 25km x 134km, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Sunday.

Aug 21, 2023 8:23 AM IST

Europe Behind Russia's Luna-25 Crash? Memes Flood Twitter

The internet has been flooded with memes after Russia's lunar hopes were dashed. Russia's Luna-25 crashed into the moon, leading to a failure of its first such mission in the last 47 years. Russia's space agency Roscosmos explained how the crash happened and announced the opening of a probe into it.

Aug 21, 2023 7:59 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE: Why is it so difficult to land on Moon?

Chandrayaan-3 mission comes four years after the ambitious Chandrayaan-2, which failed to achieve the desired soft landing in September 2019. It was meant to exhibit a range of capabilities, including reaching the moon’s orbit, making a soft landing over its south pole using a lander and subsequently, a rover studying the surface.

Aug 21, 2023 7:36 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 LIVE updates: Rover to leave imprints of ISRO, national emblem on Moon. Watch

Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar exploration mission, was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday afternoon to land a rover on the Moon's surface, a feat achieved by just three nations so far. The mission is a follow-up of Chandrayaan-2 mission, which failed a desired soft landing on the lunar surface nearly four years ago in September 2019.

Aug 21, 2023 7:02 AM IST

Chandrayaan 3 LIVE updates: Expert shares ‘biggest challenge’ during landing of spacecraft

Space strategist P K Ghosh said on Sunday that one of the "biggest" challenges in the landing of Chandrayaan 3 on the lunar surface is to get the spacecraft from a horizontal to a vertical position.

Aug 21, 2023 6:14 AM IST

‘Chandrayaan-3 poised for success’: Ex-ISRO chairman Madhavan Nair

Former Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Madhavan Nair explained how India's third lunar mission has very high chances of succeeding as it has been devised by extensively studying the mistakes from Chandrayaan-2 mission of 2019.

Aug 21, 2023 5:39 AM IST

Chandrayaan-3 steady as Russia exits moon race

The second and final adjustment to Chandrayaan-3’s lunar lander has been successfully carried out and the space craft is now in a smaller orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said in a statement on Sunday, and added that the touchdown will be at 6.04pm on August 23.

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